I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla that I've been keeping as a spare/project car. Although the car runs reliably, it will need a new engine (it seems to be burning coolant), but until I get around to that, there's plenty of little things to fix on this car to make it more pleasantly usable as a spare for when one of the daily drivers breaks down.
This week's project is to get the passenger front door to friggin open.
- It's locked
- There are no power locks on this trim level
- The key won't turn all the way to unlock the door
- The inside pull knob won't lift all the way up to unlock the door
If the door was open, it would be a breeze to remove the door trim panel and access the locking mechanism and troubleshoot from there, but one of the screws is inaccessible with the door closed, as are the 3 edges of the door trim panel that are secured by "christmas tree" fasteners.
How do I get this door unlocked?